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One-Day Datong Tour from Beijing

Yungang Grottoes, one of the three major cave clusters in China, punctuate the north cliff of Wuzhou Mountain, Datong.

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Introduction:
Yungang Grottoes, one of the three major cave clusters in China, punctuate the north cliff of Wuzhou Mountain, Datong. The area was excavated along the mountain, extending 1 km (0.62 miles) from east to west, revealing 53 caves and over 51,000 stone statues. Visiting such a historical wonder (Yungang Grottoes in Datong) on this private one-day trip from Beijing can be the highlight of your trip in China. Travel to this UNESCO-listed treasure-trove of early Buddhist cave art near Datong, and enjoy ample time to tour its over 250 grottoes of thousands of Buddhist statues. See highlights including the towering Buddha cliff carving, and smaller caverns and niches filled with murals and figurines, many from the 5th century. Private transport, bottled water, central hotel pickup and drop-off are included.

Itinerary:

Meet your driver in the lobby of your centrally located hotel in Beijing (at 06:30 a.m.) or Beijing Capital International Airport (flight info should be provided), then head out on the road toward Datong. The journey from Beijing to Datong will be approximately 3.5 hours. Upon arrival, you will go directly to Yungang Grottoes and visit for 4 hours. 
There are 53 caves at Yungang Grottoes, most of which are made during the Northern Wei Dynasty between 460 and 494 AD, and over 51, 000 stone sculptures. It extends one kilometer from east to west and can be fallen into three major groups.

Tours usually begin from the second group ranging from Cave 5 to Cave 13. Cave 5 contains a seated Buddha with a height of 17 meters. In Cave 6, a 15-meter-high two storey pagoda pillar stands in the center of the chamber and the story of the Buddha Saykamuni from birth to nirvana is carved on the walls in the pagoda and the sides of the cave. The rare seen Shiva Statue in Yungang with eight arms and four heads and riding on a bull is illustrated in Cave 8. Cave 9 and Cave 10 are notable for front pillars and figures bearing musical instruments. Musicians playing instruments also appear in Cave 12. Cave 13 has the Buddha statue with a giant figurine supporting its right arm.


The rest caves belong to the third group. Cave 14 has eroded severely. Cave 15 is named as the Cave of Ten Thousand Buddha. The caves numbered 16 to Cave 20 are the oldest complex and each one symbolizes an emperor from the Northern Wei Dynasty and the subject of "Emperor is the Buddha" is embodied. The caves from No. 21 onward are built in the later times and can not compare to their better preserved counterparts.
As lunch is not included in the tour, you can take some food for lunch, or have lunch there by yourself. After visiting Yungang Grottoes, the driver will drive you back to Beijing directly. There is no shopping stop or any jade factory in this private tour.
Payment Methods:
1. Online Payment in USD (book again and go to the process of payment);
2. Paypal Invoice Payment in USD (Please contact us via E-mail and we'll send you a payment link to your E-mail in which you can click and pay with your credit card, etc.);
3. WeChat or Alipay in CNY. Please see the details on our website: Pay with Alipay or Wechat.
4. Cash in CNY at our hostel reception.
FEATURES OF THE TOUR:
Going to Datong and return in one-day!
Absolutely NO SHOPPING! (Unless requested.)
TOTALLY private!
Trip Notes: 
Price:
1 pax - $449.99 USD/Group;
2 pax - $539.99 USD/Group;
3 pax - $697.48 USD/Group;
4 pax - $809.97 USD/Group;
5 pax - $862.46 USD/Group;
6 pax - $989.96 USD/Group;
7 pax - $997.45 USD/Group;
Meeting point and time: 06:30 a.m. from your centrally located hotel in Beijing. 
Finishing point and time: 08:30 p.m. drop-off at your centrally located hotel in Beijing.
Availability: One group every day. (Please see the availability in the calendar.)
Inclusion: 
1. Transport in air-conditioned vehicle;
2. Hotel pick-up and drop-off, or airport pick-up and drop-off;
3. Bottled water;
4. Simple snacks.
Exclusion: 
1. Entrance fees;
2. Food and drinks;
3. Lunch;
4. Any other personal expense.





Introduction:
Yungang Grottoes, one of the three major cave clusters in China, punctuate the north cliff of Wuzhou Mountain, Datong. The area was excavated along the mountain, extending 1 km (0.62 miles) from east to west, revealing 53 caves and over 51,000 stone statues. Visiting such a historical wonder (Yungang Grottoes in Datong) on this private one-day trip from Beijing can be the highlight of your trip in China. Travel to this UNESCO-listed treasure-trove of early Buddhist cave art near Datong, and enjoy ample time to tour its over 250 grottoes of thousands of Buddhist statues. See highlights including the towering Buddha cliff carving, and smaller caverns and niches filled with murals and figurines, many from the 5th century. Private transport, bottled water, central hotel pickup and drop-off are included.

Itinerary:

Meet your driver in the lobby of your centrally located hotel in Beijing (at 06:30 a.m.) or Beijing Capital International Airport (flight info should be provided), then head out on the road toward Datong. The journey from Beijing to Datong will be approximately 3.5 hours. Upon arrival, you will go directly to Yungang Grottoes and visit for 4 hours.

There are 53 caves at Yungang Grottoes, most of which are made during the Northern Wei Dynasty between 460 and 494 AD, and over 51, 000 stone sculptures. It extends one kilometer from east to west and can be fallen into three major groups.

Tours usually begin from the second group ranging from Cave 5 to Cave 13. Cave 5 contains a seated Buddha with a height of 17 meters. In Cave 6, a 15-meter-high two storey pagoda pillar stands in the center of the chamber and the story of the Buddha Saykamuni from birth to nirvana is carved on the walls in the pagoda and the sides of the cave. The rare seen Shiva Statue in Yungang with eight arms and four heads and riding on a bull is illustrated in Cave 8. Cave 9 and Cave 10 are notable for front pillars and figures bearing musical instruments. Musicians playing instruments also appear in Cave 12. Cave 13 has the Buddha statue with a giant figurine supporting its right arm.


The rest caves belong to the third group. Cave 14 has eroded severely. Cave 15 is named as the Cave of Ten Thousand Buddha. The caves numbered 16 to Cave 20 are the oldest complex and each one symbolizes an emperor from the Northern Wei Dynasty and the subject of "Emperor is the Buddha" is embodied. The caves from No. 21 onward are built in the later times and can not compare to their better preserved counterparts.

As lunch is not included in the tour, you can take some food for lunch, or have lunch there by yourself. After visiting Yungang Grottoes, the driver will drive you back to Beijing directly. There is no shopping stop or any jade factory in this private tour.

Payment Methods:
1. Online Payment in USD (book again and go to the process of payment);
2. Paypal Invoice Payment in USD (Please contact us via E-mail and we'll send you a payment link to your E-mail in which you can click and pay with your credit card, etc.);
3. WeChat or Alipay in CNY. Please see the details on our website: Pay with Alipay or Wechat.
4. Cash in CNY at our hostel reception.

FEATURES OF THE TOUR:
Going to Datong and return in one-day!
Absolutely NO SHOPPING! (Unless requested.)
TOTALLY private!

Trip Notes:
Price:
1 pax - $449.99 USD/Group;
2 pax - $539.99 USD/Group;
3 pax - $697.48 USD/Group;
4 pax - $809.97 USD/Group;
5 pax - $862.46 USD/Group;
6 pax - $989.96 USD/Group;
7 pax - $997.45 USD/Group;
Meeting point and time: 06:30 a.m. from your centrally located hotel in Beijing.
Finishing point and time: 08:30 p.m. drop-off at your centrally located hotel in Beijing.
Availability: One group every day. (Please see the availability in the calendar.)

Inclusion:
1. Transport in air-conditioned vehicle;
2. Hotel pick-up and drop-off, or airport pick-up and drop-off;
3. Bottled water;
4. Simple snacks.

Exclusion:
1. Entrance fees;
2. Food and drinks;
3. Lunch;
4. Any other personal expense.


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